Movement screening expands the scope of a physical assessment to evaluate other parts of the body that help or support certain movements. This type of assessment brings into focus areas of the body that may be dysfunctional, and related to your complaint, but not necessarily painful.
There are many different types of movement screens (ie. the Functional Movement Screen (FMS), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), etc.), and most of them have goals similar to those identified above.
Titleist Performance Institute Screen (Golf and Chiropractic)
The Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) developed a movement screen for golfers build around the needs of the golf swing. This TPI screen is not intended to dictate how you swing, but rather identify if you have the ability to move well enough physically, as informed by looking at how high performance golfers need to move certain body parts, to effectively perform with your golf swing.
(Although geared towards golfers, components of the TPI Screen are transferrable to other athletes as well, particularly rotational athletes).
The results of a TPI screen can indicate, for correctable issues, areas you can work to improve through treatment, exercise, or home programming to make your swing more effective. Or, for non-correctable issues (like how a surgically altered joint moves), the screen can provide information about what you can’t do effectively — this might be especially helpful if you are taking lessons with a golf pro, as they have the skills and expertise to modify your swing around this kind of restriction!
The central tenant to the TPI philosophy is that there is an infinite number of ways to swing a club, but as everyone has unique physical abilities, there is one efficient way for everyone to swing a club, and that will be determined by what they can physically do.
To learn more about Titleist Performance Institute, and see their vast library of exercises and swing drills to improve your golf game, visit the website here.